Raiders Vs. Broncos: Denver Falls To Oakland, 23-20

In a sloppy game on both sides, the Oakland Raiders came away with the three-point victory.

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Denver Broncos Still Need To Shake Off 2010 Stink After 2011 Opening Loss To Oakland Raiders

The Denver Broncos' season is just one-game old, but fans are certain to start complaining about the team's play. Most of it is rightly justified for now.

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Raiders Vs. Broncos Final Score: Denver Drops Season Opener To Oakland, 23-20

After dropping their previous eight season openers, the Oakland Raiders used a trip to Denver to snap that streak. Even though the Broncos kept it close at the end, the Raiders came away with the 23-20 victory. It was a sloppy game all around with 25 forced penalties. But what it came down to was Sebastian Janikowski's record-tying 63 yard field goal that ended the first half.

The Broncos were able to add 17 points on the scoreboard in the second half of the game, but Jason Campbell's six-yard touchdown deflated the Broncos' chances. Thrown in Kyle Orton's fumble on a promising drive and the team leaving points on the field by settling for field goals, the Broncos didn't have much of a chance, really.

The Broncos (0-1) stay in Denver to host the Cincinnati Bengals (1-0). Oakland visits the Buffalo Bills (1-0), who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on the road, 41-7.

For more on the Raiders head over to Silver and Black Pride. For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. Catch up on Week 1 of the regular season at SB Nation NFL.

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Raiders Vs. Broncos Score: Sebastian Janikowski Hits 63-Yard FG Before Halftime

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is not having the start he would have liked, losing to the Oakland Raiders at halftime, 16-3. Late in the second quarter, Raiders safety Matt Giordano read Kyle Orton all the way and picked off a pass intended for Brandon Lloyd. Giordano went out of bounds with the ball at his own 24-yard line.

The Raiders turned that into a field goal for the 16-3 lead at halftime. However, it wasn't any ordinary field goal. Sebastian Janikowski tied NFL history with a 63-yard field goal. Tom Dempsey and former Broncos kicker Jason Elam also own a share of that record.

Despite the interception, Kyle Orton hasn't played as bad as his offensive line has. Center J.D. Walton and guard Zane Beadles are being outplayed. Though it should be noted that Orton is relying too much on Brandon Lloyd. Eddie Royal and Eric Decker do not have any catches. Orton is also the leading rusher with 13 yards. Knowshon Moreno has four yards on five carries and Willis McGahee has zero on two rushes.

Penalties have beset this game. Each team has eight.

For more on the Raiders head over to Silver and Black Pride. For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. Catch up on Week 1 of the regular season at SB Nation NFL.

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Raiders Vs. Broncos: Three Things To Look Out For When Denver's On Defense

To say the Denver Broncos had a poor defense in 2010 is an understatement. It had its worst showing against the Oakland Raiders at home in a 59-14 loss. Darren McFadden destroyed the Broncos on the ground for 165 yards and three touchdowns. The entire rushing attack totaled 328 yards and five touchdowns.

Head coach John Fox returns the Broncos to a 4-3 defense with Dennis Allen as his defensive coordinator. What should we be looking for when the Broncos are on defense?

1. Can the defense stop the run?

Fox decided to fix the defensive line not through the draft but in free agency and trade. He brought in Ty Warren from the Patriots and Brodrick Bunkley from the Eagles in a trade. Marcus Thomas re-signed with the team. Now, only Bunkley is scheduled to play in the season opener, the other two being declared out. Ryan McBean and Mitch Unrein are the backups. Darren McFadden provides an early test.


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2. Von Doom and Robert Ayers

The Broncos had trouble rushing the passer last season, having a league-low of 23. Losing Elvis Dumervil for the season hurt that, but he is back this season and playing on the defensive line. He'll play with No. 2 overall pick Von Miller, who showed a skill to get to the quarterback during the preseason. And can third-year player Robert Ayers finally impact the defense?

3. Is the secondary up to the task?

Champ Bailey, Andre Goodman and Brian Dawkins are all back in the secondary, but they are aging. Did Dawkins just have a bad season or is his time almost up? Rookie safety Rahim Moore is the other starting safety and has already put receivers on notice with his play. But behind them, there's concern. Cassius Vaughn, Jonathan Wilhite and rookie Quinton Carter are all there, but are they good enough when the time arises for them to play?

For more on the Raiders head over to Silver and Black Pride. For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. Catch up on Week 1 of the regular season at SB Nation NFL.

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Raiders Vs. Broncos: Three Things To Watch When Denver Has The Ball

The last time we saw the Oakland Raiders at Mile High, the Denver Broncos were on the wrong end of a 59-14 contest. They took nearly a full two quarters to score their first touchdown and then scored early in the third quarter. Most of the Broncos' offense has stayed the same, but that doesn't mean it things will stay the same.

Here are five things to watch when the Broncos have the ball:

1. How well does Kyle Orton perform?

Orton has been the team's starting quarterback ever since the start of August, when the team was unable to reach a trade with the Miami Dolphins. Meanwhile, Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow were the talk of training camp for their performances, which landed the former the third-string role at points. But they are co-backups to Orton, and there's sure to be substantial discussion on the matter should Orton falter.

2. Is the rushing game back?

Head coach John Fox is bringing the running game back to Denver after two years of Josh McDaniels throwing the ball. The team is sticking with Knowshon Moreno as its starter, but Willis McGahee was brought in to be the goal line back, roles we saw take shape during the preseason. But let's see how the playing time is shared. Moreno struggled and was injured last season, but can he rebound?

3. Will any of the tight ends have an impact?

Last season, tight end was a black hole for the Broncos with Daniel Graham, Richard Quinn and Dan Gronkowski barely involved. All three are gone, replaced by tight ends who are ready to catch the ball. Daniel Fells signed as a free agent and is the starter, but rookies Julius Thomas and Virgil Green are also ready to contribute.

For more on the Raiders head over to Silver and Black Pride. For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. Catch up on Week 1 of the regular season at SB Nation NFL.

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Raiders Vs. Broncos: TV Schedule, Kickoff Time, Odds And More

The Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders face off on Monday Night Football to start the season. Can the Broncos pay back the Raiders for that 59-14 loss at Mile High last season?

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